1965 - Eric Clapton quit The Yardbirds due to musical differences with the other band members. Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the rest of the band preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, 'For Your Love'.
1971 - Brewer And Shipley entered the charts with "One Toke Over The Line". The song, which featured The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia on steel guitar, would reach #10 despite being banned by several radio stations for its drug references. Brewer and Shipley maintained that the word "toke" meant "token", as in ticket, hence the line "waitin' downtown at the railway station, one toke over the line."
1977 - Iggy Pop and David Bowie kicked off a North American tour at Le Plateau Théâtre in Montreal, with Blondie as the opening act. Iggy’s band consisted of Bowie on piano and keyboards.
At the end of the tour, Iggy and Bowie agreed to distance themselves geographically from their addictions. They travelled to France where Bowie began recording his 1977 masterpiece Low, which would become the first instalment of his famed experimental Berlin trilogy. Meanwhile, Bowie helped Iggy shape his debut solo record, The Idiot, which marked a pivotal moment in his life.
“The friendship was basically that this guy salvaged me from certain professional and maybe personal annihilation — simple as that,” Iggy said.
2006 - The Sex Pistols refused to attend their own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blondie, Herb Alpert and Black Sabbath were all inducted, but the Pistols posted a handwritten note on their website, calling the institution "urine in wine," adding, "We're not your monkeys, we're not coming. You're not paying attention."
Neil Sedaka is 84. His first group The Tokens were a doo-wop-style vocal group best known for their chart-topping 1961 single, 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'.
As a singer/songwriter, his chart toppers included: "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," "Laughter in the Rain," and "Bad Blood." The most successful cover of one of his compositions was Captain & Tennille's recording of "Love Will Keep Us Together," another number one. And over the years his songs were recorded by hundreds of pop, rock, country, R&B, and jazz performers, including ABBA, the Carpenters, Cher, Patsy Cline, Sheryl Crow, Neil Diamond, Carole King, the Monkees, Wilson Pickett, and Elvis Presley.
U2 bassist Adam Clayton is 63. Early exposure to classical music led to piano lessons before he took up the guitar, (eventually bass) occasionally playing music with neighborhood family the Evans, who included young David Evans, later known as U2 guitarist, the Edge.
On This Day In Music History was sourced from This Day in Music, Far Out magazine, Allmusic, Song Facts and Wikipedia.